High street ready for Jubilee celebrations

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BUSINESSES have got their bunting at the ready for a high-street Diamond Jubilee party.

Shops in Seaham are joining forces to hold the celebration in Church Street to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The event, on Saturday, June 2, will include live music, fancy dress competition, magician, face painting and traditional party buffet.

Karan Batey, who runs a florist in the street, is one of the organisers of the celebration.

She said: “I asked if anybody wanted to put a street party on because as far as I know, it’s never been done in a retail area like this before.

“Everybody’s been amazing, absolutely fantastic.

“We’ve asked the shops to deck out their windows and everyone’s going to dress in red, white, and blue.

“If the weather’s nice the pet shop is going to bring out the animals for the children to pet.

“It’s just great, everybody coming together in a big organised group and getting on with it.”

Flags will be handed out as part of the day’s events, which will run from 10am to 4pm.

The celebrations are being run by the shopkeepers independently from the town’s business forum, although several of those involved are members of the group.

The forum is awaiting news of its bid to become a Portas Pilot town as part of the Government’s efforts to turn around the fortunes of the country’s high streets.

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COMMUNITIES are planning celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Street parties will take place in neighbourhoods across Wearside and East Durham over the special bank holiday weekend.

In Sunderland, a huge event will be held at Cliffe Park, in Roker, on Monday, June 4, featuring a free programme of outdoor movies, entertainment and music.

Bands will play hits from the Queen’s reign and archive footage of royal visits to Sunderland will be shown on a big screen. There will be a firework display and the Mayor of Sunderland will light a Beacon.

On June 30, more than 300 performers will take part in The Tyne and Wear Diamond Jubilee Tattoo, in St Peter’s Square.

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